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IAF chief hails national leadership for Abhinandan's quick release

36-year-old IAF pilot Abhinandan was captured by the Pakistani Army on February 27 after his MiG-21 Bison jet was shot down in a dogfight with Pakistani jets during aerial combat, a day after the air-strikes on terror camps at Balakot deep inside the neighbouring country.

'Missing that moustache': Twitterati disappointed with Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman's new look

The news quickly went viral when various pictures of Varthaman gearing up to fly the last sortie in MiG-21 fighter aircraft along with Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa.


These 3 things made IAF chief Dhanoa's last sortie with Wg Cdr Abhinandan special

Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa: "We have got two things in common -- both of us ejected (laughs); second, we both fought Pakistan. I fought during the Kargil war and Abhinandhan after the Balakot airstrike."

Pakistan to give top military awards to two pilots for downing Indian jet

Wing Commander Muhammad Nouman Ali, who downed an Indian Air Force jet piloted by Abhinandan Varthaman on February 27, will be conferred with Sitar-e-Jurat while Squadron Leader Hassan Mahmood Siddiqui will be awarded with Tamgha-e-Shujaat.

Vir Chakra for Abhinandan, J&K cops lead list of states

Of the 180 gallantry awards announced by the government for Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) on the eve of Independence Day, 114 have gone to personnel deployed in the Kashmir Valley. Among state forces, J&K Police top the list with 62 medals.

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to be conferred with Vir Chakra on Independence Day

Abhinandan Varthaman, who became the face of a tense military confrontation between India and Pakistan, will be conferred with the award on Independence Day.


Explained: What is the new patch acquired by Abhinandan's squadron

Fighter flying is a high adrenaline action which puts the pilot on an edge and patches are something that sustains and improve that edge.

Commemorating the strike: Abhinandan’s Squadron now Falcon

The 51 Squadron patch depicts a MIG-21 BISON in the foreground and a red coloured F-16 in the background under crosshairs. The other squadron's patch shows a SU-30MKI with a AMRAAM missile going past it after missing to hit it.

Video of Wing Commander Abhinandan after return to active duty does rounds

Abhinandan is heard saying that all photographs being taken of him are for the families of the jawans who prayed for his well being. This is the first video of the MIG-21 pilot to appear after his re-joining active duty.

In Gujarat, PM Modi invokes Balakot: US said India ready with 12 missiles

PM Modi seemed to confirm reports, which had been earlier denied by official sources, that India had threatened to launch 12 missiles against Pakistan if it did not return Abhinandan

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IAF Chief B S Dhanoa flies MiG-21 sortie with Wg Cdr Abhinandan Varthaman

Days before his retirement from the Indian Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa Monday undertook his last fighter sortie on a MiG-21 aircraft with Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman at the Pathankot airbase in Punjab.

IAF Wing commander Abhinandan returns; first photos

IAF pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was handed over to Indian officials at the Wagah border in Punjab. Abhinandan's parents — his father, an IAF veteran — had traveled to Amritsar from Chennai this morning to receive him on arrival